Teacher dies after falling down a flight of stairs on the day of her mom’s funeral

Sue Philippart. (Photo: Facebook/Sue Philippart)
Sue Philippart. (Photo: Facebook/Sue Philippart)

Her dad has not only lost his wife of 66 years but now his eldest daughter too. 

Sue Philippart’s freak accident occurred on the evening of her beloved mom’s funeral.  

Sue’s daughter, Sarah Lee Philippart, told Wales Online that she wasn't able to attend her grandma's funeral due to Covid-19 restrictions, but when she heard about her mom’s accident, she got onto the next flight out of Singapore, where she’s been living for the past three years. 

"The accident happened on 10 March. I wasn't able to get over for my grandma's funeral because they were putting the restrictions on [in Wales where her family lives] but as soon as I heard that my mom had the accident I managed to get on a flight over,” Sue said. 

Sue was a teacher at St Joseph's Primary School in Swansea in South Wales for nearly three decades and involved in many charities, The Sun reports. 

"I was there for a week,” Sarah said. “She was in critical care in Cardiff. I was then told if I didn't come home then I probably wouldn't be able to get back in. 

"It's been awful. This is the last thing we’d expect, especially so close to her mother passing away." 

A fundraising page has been set up to raise money for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, a charity that was close to Sue's heart. 

A statement on the page reads: "Sue was loved by all who met her for her bubbly, loving and warm personality, love of life, adventurous spirit and never-ending optimism. 

Sue’s father, Chris Mcneff (84), also recently paid tribute to her daughter, saying she was a “loving person”. 

“My wife has also died, one minute I'm fine and the next it's the question of I'm not too good", Chris said. 

“Susan was very generous, loving and helpful. We’re coping thanks to the kindness, empathy and sympathy we’ve received from all of our friends.” 

Sources: MirrorThe SunHead Topics 


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